Edzell Castle was built as a tower house by the Earls of Crawford in the 16th century. Numerous extensions (now ruinous) and walled gardens came in the following decades - including a cute summer house at one corner. Today, the smooth lawns and works of art still perfectly complement the sandstone castle brickwork: Edzell Castle is one of Historic Scotland's most underrated locations. I mean, how could you resist a property with semi-tame peacocks strutting about everywhere?
Name: Edzell Castle ★★★☆☆
Location: Off minor road a mile west of Edzell, G.R.: NO 585691 / scary essential club
Open (2017): Daily, April to September
Cost (2017): £5.50 (adults), £3.30 (children), free for Historic Environment Scotland members